Dec. 14, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three Seminoles scored in double figures Sunday afternoon as the Florida State women’s basketball team earned its third-straight victory with a 74-54 triumph over Mercer at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Junior forward Jacinta Monroe posted a game-high 20 points for FSU (8-2) while senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain added 13 points and junior guard Angel Gray achieved career-highs with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
“We have a lot of different weapons,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It’s early in the year and we are putting them together.”
The Seminoles garnered their eighth victory of the season by beating the Bears (5-3) in several hustle categories.
In addition to winning the rebounding battle 46-31 and points-in-the-paint contest 36-18, FSU also scored 10 fast-break points compared to just two by Mercer and also scored 21 second-chance points while the Bears mustered just eight.
And Monroe and Gray were at the heart of that determined effort. Monroe, who has led the Seminoles in blocking in each of the past two seasons and figures to do the same this year, swatted six Mercer shots. With six blocks on the day, she came within one of tying her career high in the category.
“The thing that she is doing is she is blocking shots without fouling,” Semrau said. “I will tell you, she has just developed great timing. She bails us out a bunch.”
As for Gray, the Stone Mountain, Ga., native was recently named a captain of the team and she has continued to set an example on both ends of the floor while starting in six-straight ballgames for the Seminoles.
Against Mercer that was no different as Gray earned one steal and altered the Mercer offense in a variety of ways that won’t show up on the post-game box score.
“The coaches talked to me before the season ever started and I remember them saying `we want you to get in on every ball,'” Gray said. “(I thought) that’s impossible. But if that’s going to make the team better than that’s what I am thinking about.”
Defensively, the Seminoles limited the Bears to just 36.8-percent shooting from the field – including just 28.6-percent shooting in the first half. FSU also forced 20 turnovers and held Mercer’s leading scorer, LaToya Jackson to just eight points.
On the offensive end, Florida State shot 42.2-percent from the field, 33.3-percent from 3-point range and 78.9-percent from the free-throw line.
The Seminoles boasted a 38-23 lead at halftime.
Sunday’s showdown against Mercer marked FSU’s last home game before Christmas. The Seminoles are now slated to take part in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico starting on Dec. 18 with an opening game against Northern Colorado. FSU will also play Washington and No. 1-ranked UConn while in Mexico.